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#PigTrial Interview With Peter Sankoff: 'I Just Don't See Any Crime Here.' 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Law professor Peter Sankoff is a respected expert in both criminal and animal rights law. So when animal activist Anita Krajnc was charged with criminal mischief for giving water to a heat-stressed animal aboard a transport truck last summer, Professor Sankoff naturally took an interest in the case. He's analyzed the case in a video blog , on Twitter , and in the 'Globe and Mail' , and here he answers a few questions about why he thinks Anita will be acquitted and how it's really the meat industry that's on trial. The farmer testified he believes he ought to have the right to decide how his property--the pigs--are interfered with, likening it to people feeding dogs without the "owner's" permission. You say the criminal law isn't the right legal tool for these situations. Why? The criminal law is not the correct tool for everything we might not like in society. It's a powerful instrument, and a blunt one, and we shouldn't use it lightly. Not every interference with someone's property constitutes a crime; ...
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#PigTrial Inadvertently Puts Meat Industry On Trial 30.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When a pig farmer reported an animal rights activist for interfering with his property, he likely didn't anticipate that he'd be setting up the entire meat industry to be put on trial. Yet, that's exactly what happened last week when Anita Krajnc pled not guilty to mischief charges for having given water to a pig overheating on the farmer's transport truck. It's hard to credibly dispute that the pig was in distress. An expert veterinarian has already testified that she believed this to be the case, but even if she hadn't, it's fairly clear from the video footage that the pigs were overheating. The industry's own (conservative, outdated) guidelines state : "all species will pant when overheated, animals standing with neck extended with open mouthed breathing is a dangerous situation." The pig Anita gave water to standing with their neck extended, open-mouthed breathing. Crowded, unventilated transport trucks can become very hot, especially on hot days, as this particular day was. Pigs are particularly ...
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Stop Being Ridiculous: We Agree On Animal Alternatives 27.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While watching the games of 2016 -- not the Olympics, the U.S. presidential election -- I am reminded of the stare-down between drug companies and animal rights activists. Of this mounting conflict, you'd think the answer is simple -- that animals can and should eventually make their exit from so many labs and testing facilities. Alternatives are in the wings , if even in their earliest days. But as in politics, neither side is listening, and declaring moral victory seems more important than making progress. Like convention delegates, each side is being ridiculous . Here are a few reasons why: ABSOLUTISM Animal rights activists don't tolerate ambiguity. The ethics behind captive orcas for theme park profits is somehow equivalent to, say, the use of macaque monkeys to develop life-saving vaccines. For this lack of clarity, they earn the wrath of serious scientists and are slapped with extremist and absolutist labels. RATIONALISM By the same token, researchers who use animals to advance their work are ...
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Remembering John Muir on the centennial of the National Park Service 26.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This year, Americans celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act. The bill culminated decades of effort by a remarkable generation of dedicated men and women who fought to protect the nation's natural wonders for the democratic enjoyment of the people. The greatest of these passionate parks advocates was John Muir, "Father of the National Parks." Muir was a naturalist and activist who wrote over 300 articles and a dozen books. In these works, he sang the praises of parks and other special natural places and called for their protection from commercial exploitation. His words still speak to us as the National Parks system enters its second century and remind us of his spirit and his principles. Earlier this summer, my son and I backpacked for five days in Yosemite National Park. No place is more closely linked to Muir than Yosemite Valley. Overwhelmed by its beauty on his first visit in 1868, he lived in ...
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Sustainability leadership amid fear and pressure 22.8.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Lessons for leaders: Believe in the positive side of people; don't shy away from conflict; and know that your reputation has less to do with what you do than how you do it.
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Why Is Tomi Lahren So Angry? 20.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
*Note: If I had the time, I could write an entire book on Tomi Lahren. This piece is a shortened version of a lengthy essay available on my website and a lengthened version of this video . I've been following the right-wing political commentator Tomi Lahren for a few months now on social media, reason being that I find her so fascinating. Watching her videos and reading her tweets allows me a glimpse into the mind of a staunch, gun-toting Republican, someone I wouldn't interact with in my day-to-day life as an introverted Canadian animal rights activist. The reason I find Tomi so fascinating is because she's also extremely confusing. Tomi is a very angry girl who is tone-deaf about social issues, yet speaks to a large national platform of extreme conservatives, who I assume agree with her considering the following that she's developed after going viral for her visceral critiques on Obama, Beyoncé, and#BlackLivesMatter. Most of those who call her out dismiss her as a bigot, but after analyzing a number of ...
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How Internet-driven activism has improved animal welfare 11.8.2016 TreeHugger
Over the past 15 years, awareness and interest in livestock conditions and wellbeing have increased exponentially, leading to significant improvements. How much further can it go?
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The Laws Of Ecology And The Survival Of The Human Species 6.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I was raised in a small fishing village on the Passamaquoddy Bay in New Brunswick, Canada and I still vividly remember the way things were in the Fifties. The way things were then is not the way things are now. I'm not talking about technological, industrial or scientific progress. I'm referring to the health and stability of eco-systems. What was once strong is now weak. What was once rich in diversity is now very much the poorer. I have been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with the gift of near total recall. I see the images of the past as clearly as the days that were. As a result it has been difficult for me to adapt to diminishment. I see the shells on the beaches that are no longer there, the little crabs under the rocks, now gone, the schools of fishes, the pods of dolphins, the beaches free of plastic. I began traveling the world in 1967 -- hitch-hiking and riding the rails across Canada; joining the Norwegian merchant marine; crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans; traveling through Japan, Iran, ...
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Animal Rights Activists Interrupt Hillary Clinton Rally To Protest Meat Industry 5.8.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Hillary Clinton rally in Las Vegas was briefly halted Thursday afternoon by a group of animal rights activists who accused the candidate of not sticking to her own platform.  The Democratic presidential nominee appeared momentarily shaken by the interruption before at least four Secret Service agents joined her onstage. After a few seconds, Clinton addressed the crowd with a laugh. “Apparently these people are here to protest Trump because Trump and his kids have killed a lot of animals,” she said. “So thank you for making that point.” Direct Action Everywhere , the animal liberation network the activists are aligned with, issued a press release during the rally to further detail its platform, which called for “Secretary Clinton to take a stronger position for animal rights and against the raising and killing of animals for food.” Activist Kitty Jones released an open letter  on behalf of the group Thursday morning that praised Clinton for having an animal rights platform but said the candidate’s ...
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Why Wasting Water Is Even Worse for the Environment Than You Think 21.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Answer by Ava Mohsenin , Communcations Associate at WaterNow Alliance, on Quora : Yes, wasting water is actually bad for the environment. There are anthropocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric reasons why wasting water is bad. Anthropocentrically, fresh water is a vital resource for the survival of our population. Seeing as less than 1% of the world's water is freshwater and available for us to consume (not trapped in glaciers), there are limitations that factor into our carrying capacity as a population on Earth including the availability and distribution of freshwater. Different countries are endowed with different stocks of freshwater, and depending on their replenishment rate and usage rate, each has varying degrees of water scarcity that needs to be addressed. Below is a map by World Resources Institute that outlines the water stress by country, with 36 countries displaying an "Extremely High Stress (>80%)," which means that "more than 80 percent of the water available to agricultural, domestic and ...
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Republican Party goes after Theodore Roosevelt's legacy 18.7.2016 TreeHugger
Party platform calls for giving up federal control of lands, preserves and parks.
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Arturo, World's Saddest Polar Bear, Dies After Decades In Captivity 5.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Arturo, a 31-year old polar bear held in captivity for more than two decades, has died in Argentina. He first made headlines as the “ world’s saddest bear ” two years ago, when  more than a million petitioners urged Mendoza Zoo to move Argentina's last polar bear to a facility in Canada. The zoo's former director declined to do so, saying the animal was too old. Arturo had lived in the zoo since the age of 8 before his death on Sunday due to what the officials called complications from old age , The Associated Press reports. While wild polar bears often die in their teens, those in captivity  can live into their mid-30s . Despite the animals hailing from regions north of the Arctic Circle, temperatures in Arturo's heavily concreted enclosure often soared higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and he was said to live in "deplorable conditions." Animal rights groups marked Arturo's passing with some calls to end the existence of zoos in their current form. RIP Arturo, the "saddest polar bear in the world" He ...
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Bowmanville Zoo announces its closure at end of 2016 season 28.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Bowmanville Zoo, located outside of Clarington, Ontario, has announced that 2016 will be its last season in operation. It claimed to be the oldest private zoo in operation in North America when it was founded in 1919, with a compliment of over 300 animals. Visitation counts for this season were down by 65 per cent according to Angus Carroll, the zoo's Director of Communications, the sharp decrease being blamed on animal rights ...
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Horrific abuse of chickens revealed at Eggland's Best farm 27.6.2016 TreeHugger
The company should really be called 'Eggland's Worst,' based on how these poor animals are treated.
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U.S. Charity Loophole Enabled Trading Of 1,300 Endangered Animals 27.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By John Shiffman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Last year, after a Minnesota dentist sparked an uproar by killing a popular lion named Cecil while on safari in Zimbabwe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed similar African lions on the endangered species list, making it illegal to import them as trophies to the United States. But for African lions and other threatened and endangered species, there’s an exception to this rule: Hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders and theme parks can get permits to import, export or sell endangered animals if they can demonstrate that the transactions will “enhance the survival” of the species. Often, records show, this requirement is met in part by making a cash contribution to charity - usually a few thousand dollars. The practice has angered both animal-rights activists who say it exploits wildlife and exhibitors who describe the process as unfair and arbitrary. In the last five years, the vast majority of the estimated 1,375 endangered species permits granted by the Fish & ...
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An Open Letter To The Tech Industry 22.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
An open letter to the tech industry in San Francisco and Silicon Valley Facebook, Google, Microsoft: Here's why you should follow Apple's lead in not supporting the GOP Convention in Cleveland this July. If you're new to the Bay Area, if you work in San Francisco or in Silicon Valley, you may not realize it, but you're here because of the Beat Generation. At the Beat Museum in North Beach, one of the things we hear every day, from visitors from all over the world is, "This is such a great environment! The people in this town are so welcoming and friendly! This is definitely our favorite city in the USA!" It's their favorite city because of the Beat Generation. The Beat Generation is a subset of the generation Tom Brokaw dubbed "The Greatest Generation" -- those born circa-1920, who grew up during the Great Depression of the 1930s, came of age during World War II in the 1940s, and in the 1950s, changed the world. The Beats were creative intellectuals, writers, poets, artists, performers; the restless, the ...
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In praise of a wild West 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Why our relationship to the public lands must evolve 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world 16.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
June 16, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for ...
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PETA Likens Women To Chickens In Terribly Misguided Tweet 16.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Quick reminder: Women are human beings, chickens are farm animals.  Non-profit organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), apparently forgot that rather important fact. On Tuesday, PETA tweeted a quote from the organization's president Ingrid Newkirk that read: "Discrimination is discrimination, and it's wrong. Whether you're a woman or a chicken."  (Pause for eye roll.) “Discrimination is discrimination, and it’s wrong, whether you’re a woman or a chicken,” - PETA President Ingrid Newkirk #StateOfWomen — PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016 The tweet also included the hashtag #StateOfWomen , which was trending on Tuesday for the White House's first-ever United State Of Women Summit . The summit featured conversations about gender equality with activists, politicians and Hollywood stars. As Jezebel's  Joanna Rothkopf pointed out , Newkirk was no where to be found on the summit's website . So PETA may have used the hashtag purely to piggyback off of the focus on gender equality and turn it ...
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